April is Landscape Architecture Month, which encompasses Earth Day on April 22nd  and  Frederick  Law  Olmstead’s  birthday  on April 26th.  Olmstead is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, as is Andrew Jackson Downing who designed the landscape architecture surrounding the Smithsonian here in Washsington, D.C.

I’m  a  Landscape  Architect,  and I designed/installed my very first outside architecure feature, a retaining wall, when I was a boy scout. The wall stands to this day!  I entered Virginia Tech to study architecture, and later  moved  my concentration to landscape architecture so I could  follow my passion for creating  outdoor structures and spaces that inspire.  I’m a proud member  of  Alpha Rho Chi (META chapter!), the only national co-ed professional  social   fraternity for architecture.

Landscape  architecture  is  a  comprehensive  discipline of land analysis, planning, design, preservation, and rehabilitation.  It’s  also a  multi-disciplinary  field, incorporating aspects of: architecture, botanyfine artsindustrial design, geology and the earth sciences, environmental psychology, geography and ecology.

The scope of the profession includes:  urban design; site planning; town or urban planning; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; and private estate and residential landscape master planning  and  design;  all at varying scales of design, planning and management.

Our national organization is  the  ASLA  (American Society of Landscape Architects) and they promote the landscape architecture profession and advance the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.

The picture included in this post is designed by my good friend, Landscape Architect  Randy Theume, of Randy Theume Design.  The space is part of a vintage home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and a fantastic example of what’s possible in a residential design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]